In Review: Sword of Sorcery #8
The story: This issue wraps up the Amethyst story begun by Christy Marx. Eclipso and his hypnotized minions are attacking House Amethyst and evil Lady Mordiel is asked by Lord Zushan of House Diamond to surrender to Eclipso’s rule. She refuses, naturally, and he says that her house cannot win if the power is split among three women. In Akasa, Amaya and her mother (the other two recipients of House Amethyst’s power) and their allies plan how to stop the evil Eclipso. The battle does not go as I had predicted, always nice when you have a mega-battle going on, and every page increased the tension. Highlights included Page 14, 16, 17, 18…and I’m not going to list them any more since every Page from 16 on had something to enjoy and savor. Marx closes this series out like a champ and I hove that she gets the chance to continue the adventures of this new Amethyst. Overall grade: A+
The art: I came into this series doubting anyone could come close to matching my love of Ernie Colon’s work that I fell for when the original Amethyst came out (and, yes, I’m that old a reader). Aaron Lopresti with Travis Moore & John Livesay have matched it. It’s a more realistic look but it’s just as magical. Their figures are wonderful and their backgrounds are stunning. I’ve never been an Eclipso fan, but his look in this series is great! The climax on Page 26 is amazing. All that’s missing from the last page is music. Overall grade: A+
The colors: Pure perfection pours from Hi-Fi onto every page of this book. Stand outs include Page 5, 12, 19, 21, 23, 26, and 30. It does not get any better than this! Overall grade: A+
The letters: Dynamite job by Rob Leigh on every page. I really liked Eclipso’s font and the fun sound effects. Page 26 has the perfect wail! Overall grade: A+
The final line: I’m sorry to see this series end. This is a class act in every way showcasing a land of magic in the DC universe. Highest possible recommendation! Overall grade: A+
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comics Buyers Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years, and only recently taught 9th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.